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ATLANTIC OCEAN - AUGUST 30: In this NOAA GOES-East satellite image, Hurricane Dorian, now a Cat. 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, gains strength as it tracks towards the Florida coast taken at 13:40Z August 30, 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean. According to the National Hurricane Center Dorian is predicted to hit Florida as a Category 4 storm over the Labor Day weekend. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Florida on Monday evening or Tuesday morning with many predicting it could be a Category 4 when it touches down in the U.S. mainland.
Dorian had strengthened to a Category 2 storm on Thursday (Aug. 29), according to CBS News, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. By Friday evening, the National Hurricane Center expected it to increase to a Category 3 storm. “Dorian is likely to remain an extremely dangerous hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida peninsula through the weekend,” the National Hurricane Center stated in an advisory.
CBS News weather producer David Parkinson predicted it could build to a Category 4 as it nears landfall with winds up to 140 mph. As of now, Dorian is predicted to touch down in the central Florida Atlantic coast, but could possibly land farther south. CNN predicted that it could land anywhere between the Florida Keys to southeast Georgia.
In a tweet, the National Weather Service stated that Dorian could bring a “triple-threat of dangers” to the state, including a “life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane-force winds and heavy rains.” “The onset of tropical storm force winds could be as soon as Saturday evening,” the tweet warned. “Prepare NOW.
President Trump approved a state of emergency declaration for the state of Florida, according to CNN.